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    HOW TO RP/SG

    We've all experienced the feeling where you just can't figure out what's going on when you are here in the Roleplaying and Story Games section. In fact, if you're reading this, you still may not. I was once in that position, but after a while I figured it out. Here's a tutorial I have created to help all the new users understand what is going on here in the RP and SG section. Without further ado, here is the tutorial!

    SLANG

    There are a lot of terms we use in this part of the forums, and they can be confusing. Here are some of them:

    RP: Short for roleplay
    SG: Short for story game
    FCs: Short for faceclaims
    ORP: Saying something out of the roleplay as you, not your character. So when I use ORP, I am speaking as AwesomeAnon, not as my character.
    Approachable: Someone can come and talk to your character.
    Dead RP- An RP that people have lost interested in and have stopped posting on.

    SIGN UPS

    Both roleplays and story games start with the signups. These are threads that have "Sign ups" in the title so you know it is a sign up. They have a description of the roleplay or story game, the prompt or plot. They also have a sign up form, which could be a Google Form or a form that you copy and paste and write in the answers, then repost on the thread. You talk about their bio, or biography, personality, etc. You also include a face claim, a link or image of what you want your character to look like. Here is an example:

    Username:
    Gender:
    Age:
    Bio:
    Personality:
    Faceclaim:
    Other:

    And here would be that same form, filled out in case anyone didn't understand what I meant when I said writing in the answers and reposting it on the thread. It would be the same on a Google Form because you will still fill out the answers.

    Username: AwesomeAnon
    Character Name: Violet Goldberry
    Gender: Female
    Age: 18
    Bio: Violet had a happy, typical, and sometimes even boring life with her twin sister, Theresa. But when they were ten, their world was completely changed when their parents got divorced. Since then they have been going from one house to the other. Eventually, the sisters got through it but it has made an impact on them.
    Personality: Violet is sweet and positive. She is very optimistic and she likes to try and make other people feel better. You can usually find her with a smile on her face. She usually supports other people to the best of her ability and will always be there to help someone.
    Face claim: http://cdn.pcwallart.com/images/shay...allpaper-4.jpg
    Other: N/A

    Lastly, before you signup for an RP, make sure the sign ups are open. Sometimes people will close the signups after they start the RP. Some will remain open after they start and you can still jump in. But you have to make sure they are open before signing up.

    FACECLAIMS AND STARTING OFF

    Once you've signed up for an RP or an SG, your character will be put into something called the Faceclaims. A faceclaim is what you want your character to look like, but the Faceclaims are a Google Slides created by the owner of an RP/ SG. It shows all the characters in the RP/SG and their traits. You can see who else is in the RP or SG.

    Starting off RPs: The official thread will be posted by the owner of the RP. Now, the RPing begins. The owner of the RP tells you where and when you are starting. For example, if it was a high school RP, the owner could say, "All the characters are arriving at school on their first day of school." Then everyone starts posting from there. (Read RP section for more!)

    Starting off SGs: The official thread will be posted by the owner of the SG. All you have to do is read it and have your character made a choice. (Read SG section for more!)

    ROLEPLAYING

    Now, you can get to the actual RPing! When you are RPing, you are posting about your character, their actions, their thoughts, and what they see/hear/touch etc, and what they feel. Many RPers have different styles of posting. Present tense, past tense, first person, and third person are all commonly used and all acceptable. Here are some examples of ways people use:

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    Violet

    She walked into the school, excited and nervous all at the same time. It would be okay though, since she had her sister with her no matter what.

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    Violet

    I walk into the school, excited and nervous all at the same time. It would be okay though, since I had my sister with me no matter what.

    --------------------------------------

    Violet walked into the school, excited and nervous all at the same time. It would be okay though, since she had her sister with her no matter what.

    ​​​​​​​--------------------------------------

    Obviously there are several more ways to do this, but these are the three most common here on the forums. As the RP goes on, people will start to approach your character and you will have conversations. If you want people to know your character is approachable, just do this: ORP: Approachable! You can control multiple characters at once too.

    STORY GAMES

    Story Games are very different than roleplays, in fact, they live in opposite worlds. The signup process is the same as RPs, and SGs have Faceclaims as well. But other than that, they are completely different. In an SG, the creator of the SG will write chapters. It will be the prompt that plays out with your characters. At the end of the chapters, you have your character make a choice.
    Here is a quick example:

    Violet looked around and brushed some of her hair behind her ear. She wondered who to talk to. She saw two girls. One had long, black hair and was reading. The other had bouncy platinum blonde hair and was using her phone.

    Theresa stood behind Violet. She wanted to get out of her comfort zone and not be stuck to her sister's side. On one hand, she could walk away from her sister, but on the other hand, she could stay with her.

    Julie pulled her long brown hair into a ponytail. She checked her phone for a minute and then walked out of the hallway to the library. After reading for a bit, she decided to do something else. She could go anywhere in the school.

    CHOICE GUIDE:
    @ Violet'sCreator Who should Violet talk to?
    @ Theresa'sCreator Should Theresa leave or stay with her sister?
    @ Julie'sCreator What should Julie do now?

    At this point, you will PM your choices to the owner of the SG so they can start writing the next chapter based on your choices. It is based on the situation they get put in by the creator of the SG. The SG will continue with the creator writing chapters until it comes to an end.

    Here is a quote that can help you remember the difference: "An SG is more like Episode, while RP is just free-styling on the go."

    I really hope this helped anyone who needed help with figuring out what everything meant and how to do what we do here on the forums.

    HAVE FUN HERE!

  • #2
    Oooooh, absolutely love this, so would've been helpful when I first got here- amazing job Anon!
    Jeremy or Caylie Moore or Miss Molly or any other mod- is there any chance we could have this stickied as a reference post?

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  • #3
    Thanks so much! I’ve been confused about Story Game’s for a while, it really helps to have someone clarify it!

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    • #4
      Hey! I made the exact same thing!

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      • #5
        Also, the quote I used to explain the difference between RP and SG was not made up by me.

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        • #6
          Why is this not stickied? It shouldn't be ignored!

          I'll keep bumping it up.

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          • AwesomeAnon
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            Thank you

        • #7
          omg this is so cute!!! if I had this when I first got on I would've been way better off! such a clever little idea. new members will love it! 💕 bloody brilliant.

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          • #8
            This is fantastic, it would have been really helpful to me when I first got here! Hope this gets stickied!

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            • #9
              Oh dang I didn't notice this got stickied! Thanks whichever mod did it!

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              • Mehek
                Mehek commented
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                It was Jeremy lol, he mentioned it in the New Ideas Thread. Woo! *takes out my pinata and party hats*

              • Mehek
                Mehek commented
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                It was Jeremy lol, he mentioned it in New Ideas. Woo! *takes out pinata and party hats*

            • #10
              Please read the How to RP/SG guide above before reading this! Thanks AwesomeAnon for letting me do this c:

              A Guide to Mary Sues
              (or Gary Stus)

              What is a Mary Sue?

              A Mary Sue (or Gary Stu for males) is a perfect character. They have no flaws, no weakness, and are absolutely perfection! These characters are generally frowned upon as they don't bring a lot to the RP/SG except a perfect being.

              How can I spot a Mary Sue?
              Usually a Mary Sue's sign-up form may look something like this:


              Username: TheBluGeek
              Character's Name: Julia Strone
              Age: 15
              Species: 1/2 Angel, 1/4 Demon, 1/4 Human
              Bio: Julia was born to an angel and a half-human, half-demon being. She was raised with love and care and everything went her way. She was very popular in school and got great grades. Everyone wanted to be her friend and she loved everything no matter how small or how big they were. She spread love everywhere and soon began to become famous. She met the love of her life later on and they are engaged now.
              Personality: Julia is extremely popular and loving. She cares for everything and everyone and they all love her in return. She enjoys donating to the poor and those in need and often wants to get others to pitch in and help as well.
              Powers: Julia has the power of flight, telekinesis, darkness, light, speed, teleportation, shape-shifting and more that will be later discovered and activated.
              Weaknesses/Flaws: Julia has none.

              Do you see why this is a Mary Sue? This character is way too perfect!!!


              How can I avoid making a Mary Sue?

              It's actually quite easy to avoid making one of these pesky perfect beings! Here are some tips to use:

              1. While the bio does not have to have anything bad happen it is good to perhaps use a small incident such as an injury when your character was younger as a way to implement a flaw.

              2. Your personality can be perfect as well but I suggest adding a flaw in there such as they care too much about everyone or that they have anger issues.

              3. Make sure they have some type of weakness so they are not too powerful.

              4. Try to make sure their powers are not too OP such as insta-kill and such!

              5. Suggested by Cam Boulder Having a TOO tragic past can also be a Mary Sue trait! If you want to have disaster try not to make it so that its super dark and horrifying... if you do make sure to do research in cases such as mental illnesses and such!


              I hope you enjoyed my guide on Mary Sues! Suggestions are always welcome
              Last edited by TheBluGeek; 04-14-2017, 12:20 PM.

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              • Mehek
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                Thank you SO MUCH for this Blu- it's literally amazing. I laughed a little at the bit where she was 15 and engaged to the love of her life (LOL) but in all seriousness, I was guilty of this in one or two of my first RPs *blushes* and honestly they are really annoying. I'm glad you made a guide to Mary Sues/Gary Stus and avoiding them #StopThePerfections

              • TheBluGeek
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                Mehek Awww thanks XD I think we were all guilty of this at one point and you should've seen my original version of the Mary Sue form. She was going to be 1/2 Angel, 1/2 Demon, 1/2 Human, and 1/2 Werewolf XD Yes I realize this adds up to 2 but she's so perfect that she's 200% organism lol

              • Cam Boulder
                Cam Boulder commented
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                This is so great! Thanks for adding it.
                Also... may I add that having an overly tragic past can also be a Mary Sue trait? This is when "Such backstories never actually factor into the story; they're just casually dropped into the narrative to draw attention to the character" and "Most authors tend not to research such tragedies and their effects" (TVTropes)
                Last edited by Cam Boulder; 03-20-2017, 10:56 AM.

            • #11
              I didn't know where to ask this so I decided to use this thread
              Lately I've seen some RP/SG's and I'm curious about how that works. I mean to what extent is it a RP? How much of a SG is it?

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              • catsharp53
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                I know this is an old question and you've probably figured it out, but I'm going to answer just in case somebody else has the same question.

                An RP/SG both allows the users to control themselves, but also has blurbs of SG parts to control the flow of the plot. To what extent of RP or SG it is all up to the creator.

                For example:
                RP
                Ami
                "Don't you like French Bread?" I ask as the man across from me picks at the flaky croissant on his plate.

                Charles
                "I don't like french food." I griped back. I scoff as I dramatically shove the plate away from me.

                SG
                CREATOR
                While Ami and Charles bickered over their food preferences, they didn't know that there were robbers waiting right outside of the bakery.
                "Give us all your cheese!" They yell to the cashier after busting in with AK-47s waving in the air.

                Charles and Ami were interrupted on their date, and now must react to being robbed.
                @AmiUserTag @CharlesUserTag

                Ami
                "Charles! Save me!" I jump across the table into Charles' lap, and wrap my arms around his neck.

                Charles
                "Get off, you buffoon!" I throw the croissant toward the first robber, hoping to get his attention and confuse them while Ami and I can run away.

              • AwesomeAnon
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                catsharp53 Thank you for posting that!

              • Cam Boulder
                Cam Boulder commented
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                catsharp53 thank you so much! I think it's great to have an explicit description of them.

            • #12
              I find it much more common for RPers to use 'OC' or 'OOC' than 'ORP'. In fact, this is the first time I've stumbled across it. Now, I'm not saying it isn't/it shouldn't be used here, but I feel like I should forewarn people - newbies specifically - that 'OC' and 'OOC' is used more than 'ORP' in the general roleplaying community.

              .................

              Also, if you're ever in need of writing advice, you should check out Terrible Writing Advice, where J.P. Beaubien creates these hilarious videos giving writing "advice" in a hilariously sarcastic way. You should definitely check him out. Beginner or someone who has written for year, either way he is honestly a delight to listen to.

              .................


              @TheBluGeek made a great guide about Mary Sues above, but I would like to add a few things.

              1) A Mary Sue often does have flaws. However, these flaws are crafted in such an annoying way that it makes you want to pull your hair out reading them. For example, say my character is this sweet, loving, and humble (but beautiful) girl who is extremely selfless to the point of fault. She puts everyone's desires over hers, which is great, but when that is the only flaw she has... Oh god, help me.

              2) Mary Sues are often is OP as hell (they got these amazing kickass powers) but the writer always seems to "conveniently" forget Mary Sue is kickass. One of the most annoying things about her is when Mary Sue has awesome karate skills but somehow is always desperately helpless.

              3) You want an easy way to make sure your character is not a Mary Sue? Don't self-insert. What I find most common (and I'm guilty of doing this when I first began writing), Mary Sues (or Gary Sues) are made by beginners who want to be the main character with all these things happening to them and then... well... they kind of create an idealized version of themselves. If you really want to self-insert without creating a Mary Sue, you will have to be brutally honest with yourself. Asking others to be honest about their opinion of you may also help. All and all, basically destroy every last bit of your ego and self-worth.

              5) If you want to save your self-worth without creating a Mary Sue, try to come up with an original character not based on yourself. If you're having a problem coming up with ideas, observe from real life! Many artists will tell you to observe from real life when you start out drawing. The same applies to writing. It is okay to base your characters off of real life relatives, friends, acquaintances, etc. Now, that doesn't mean you should create exact replicas (although I suppose if it fits your story, no one has to know it's an insert for someone in real life). We still want to use our creativity, right? But creativity works best with structure.

              6) One else bit: for the sake of everyone's sanity, try to stay away from cliches. Keep in mind cliches and tropes are not the same thing. Tropes are plots, characters, and elements of a story that are recognizable. Cliches are predictable and overly used tropes that readers groan in boredom at. Now, cliches do tend to be subjective, so my best advice for you is to create the story you want to create. Take inspiration from the real life and the world of books, TV shows, and movies. When using tropes, figure out ways to diverge the trope. Create plot twists. Make it unique. Just don't put all your mental effort into creating a cliche-less story. I may not have conveyed my message completely, so I would like to refer you to Adam Heine's explanation which does a far better job explaining.
              Last edited by SnowyKcnomre; 06-30-2017, 12:21 PM.

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              • #13
                Hi!

                Thanks for making this, it helped me understand a lot of things about RPs and SGs.

                I have been reading some of the RPs, just to see how people do it, and I have a question. Some people use OOC or something like that. Is that the same as ORP?

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              • #14
                This was posted a while ago and I still love it but I have a small little idea to add. Maybe you can talk about reserving? 98.9% of RP Creators (I think) really want people to reserve before signing up so they have a warning. Maybe you can explain what reserving means and how to do it

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                • #15
                  The issue of portraying abuse and other sensitive and serious topics in role plays

                  Hello everyone, I’m here to claim my position as the Adult™ of the community and call all of you to action concerning an issue that has been plaguing our community for a while now. And yes, I say plaguing because that is what this is, a plague, a phenomenon that nestled in here and is spreading throughout all of our community, causing damage everywhere it goes. This is not a jab to any particular roleplayer so please do not feel offended if you feel like this is directed to you. I am simply writing this because, as one of the eldest people in here, I consider myself to have more experience and expertise at dealing with these things, and I fear for the youngest ones who might grow up with all the wrong ideas in their head, leading them to have an unhealthy mindset in the future
                  The situation is simple, roleplayers have been discussing serious topics in an insensitive manner and this had got to stop. The situation is nothing new, I remember that in my very first roleplay, more than a year ago, there was this character who began cutting herself at one point of the roleplay. I’m not going to say any names and I don’t want you guys to go looking for this RP, but I will say that that scene affected me a great deal. I was going through a dark period of my life and I had just began cutting again after almost a year of being clean, and the post didn’t help my situation. The image just wouldn’t leave my head, and I am not an impressionable twelve year old. In fact, at seventeen I prided myself in being hard to disturb and it is difficult for anyone to really leave me thinking about anything, much less give me an image that won’t leave my head. The fact that this issue has been around for so long has made me think about a way to stop it, and the only way we can stop it is being conscious of that issue and help each other as a community, calling each other out if needed, learning and teaching how to portray issues properly, and making things better in general for everyone.

                  I need to remind you guys that even though the forums are for people who are thirteen years old or more, there are underage users around, I myself became acquainted with some, and there is absolutely no way I want these children to be around something so dangerous as the incorrect portrayals of serious topics. I’m sure some of you remember that time we had a nine-year-old around the forums, do you? I want all of you to think back to when you were nine, I want you to try to understand how your nine-year-old brain would react at something like domestic abuse portrayed as something that doesn’t matter that much, or how some characters abuse of substances like drugs or alcohol like it’s nothing, or how there are victims of sexual assault that can just “get over it” as if nothing had happened. I want you to imagine your nine year old self being told that these real problems are nothing, I dare you to act as if they were nothing.

                  Now, to you, thirteen-year-olds, I understand, you are teenagers now, you feel mature enough to deal with this. Newsflash: you are not. Your brain is not fully developed, even my brain isn’t fully developed yet! Your brain finishes developing at twenty one years old. That’s right, twenty one, you still have eight years to go so get off your high horse. Yes, you may have critical thinking skills, but just like any other skill it takes time and practice to develop. You are not born knowing anything, and just like you can’t tell that Twilight is bad literature if you’ve never read anything else, you can’t tell if how a situation is being handled is good or bad if you don’t have enough information about it. Harold Bloom, in his essay The Standard of Taste said that experience is proportional to the capability one has to judge anything, therefore only a man with experience in tasting wines can tell that there is a key at the bottom of the jar. Some of you are like those who are simply tasting wine for the first time, or who are not accustomed to drinking wine, so you probably won’t notice what’s really in the wine. Meanwhile, an experienced taster will immediately notice something off about it. I don’t want you guys to swallow that key only because you don’t have experience, so I’m trying to help you identify what should be wrong in our community.

                  “But Cam, it’s responsibility of the parents to keep their children away of inappropriate content” NO. Parents cannot be hovering over their children all the time! They have their lives and the most they can do is teach us and guide us, not force us to leave in a way or another. There’s a reason I was reading very graphic smut and bullshit that romanticised abusive relationships at thirteen. “You what?! Then why are you doing this?” Because I want you to grow up better than I did, I want you to stay away from dangerous relationships and I want you to be able to identify what should be and what shouldn’t. After all, one of the reasons I got abused was the fact that I kept a friendship with some idiot because of how idealised it seemed in those crappy fanfics. This is part of my personal story so you can skip it if you want: the boy who sexually abused of me was my friend. Why? Just because. He is an asshole, sleeping around, a huge liar, tricking girls into giving him things, he didn’t care about his friends and constantly disrespected them and leaving them after finding someone “better”, disrespectful of his parents. But he was also a great actor who could get you to like him, he is smart (probably the smarted man I’ve ever met), loves literature, can teach you a lot of things, and knows how to have a good time. He reminded me of Harry Styles in After. But I didn’t see myself as Tessa, I thought I was Molly. For those of you who haven’t read After (please don’t ever read that crap, it was a huge mistake from my part) Molly is Harry’s friend, the girl he went to when he had troubles and vice versa. And somewhere in my thirteen year old brain that relationship seemed good! I couldn’t tell that Harry was the ass he is, just like I couldn’t tell that my “friend” was with me because he wanted to have sex all those years later. It is our job as a community to keep this community safe for all of its users, and our duty as consumers to respect the PG-13 rating this site has got. This includes me, I know I swear a lot and I am working on toning it down.

                  Now, this doesn’t mean I want you people to stop writing about serious topics, that wouldn’t make sense since I have written about them lately. Writing about serious topics is not bad if it’s done properly, quite the opposite actually, it helps raise awareness. But doing it properly is not an easy task. Before I go any further I want to state that the topics I mean when I’m talking are all kinds of abuse (psychological, verbal, physical, domestic, substance, sexual, etc.) as well as mental health issues (depression, eating disorders, self-harm, ADHD, Anxiety, OCD, BPD, ASD, etc.), health issues and anything that may affect a person’s life in general. All of these topics are great to write about, they are interesting and it has to do with us, but that doesn’t mean everyone can use them as they please. There are steps to write this, and I had them illustrated in a flowchart but I couldn’t attach it so here you go:

                  1. Why do you want to write it?
                  • To elicit sympathy for the character - do not write it
                  • To shock readers - do not write it
                  • It just feels right - do not write it
                  • As a plot point - go to question 2
                  • For cathartic purposes - go to question 3
                  • To raise awareness - go to question 4
                  2. Is it absolutely necessary for the plot or can you get to that same point through other means?
                  • Yes - go to question 4
                  • No, but it would be harder - do not write it
                  • No, but- stop making excuses -do not write it
                  • No - do not write it
                  3. Do you have to make it super detailed, graphic and possibly disturbing it to finish the cathartic process?
                  • No - write what is needed - go to question 7
                  • I need to tell someone - tell someone you trust, you can spare the details for others - go to question 7
                  • Yes, everyone needs to know - no they don’t and you don’t need to tell everything either, retelling the experiences, leaving them out for everyone, and having them there as a reminder can give you a hard time healing and may cause some unwanted flashbacks
                  4. Does it have to do with a character or character development?
                  • No - then you probably don’t need it - do not write it
                  • Yes - go to question 5
                  5. Do you have all the information to portray the situation properly?
                  • No - time for research!
                  • Yes - Everything? - Yes, Cam, stop nagging - go to question 6
                  6. Can’t you make it implicit?
                  • No - improve your writing and try again
                  • Yes - make it implicit
                  Time to begin writing!

                  After writing what you want to write you will have to ask yourself a new set of questions.
                  (optional) get a proofreader! They can help you notice things you didn’t notice before!

                  7. Do you want to publish that?
                  • Yes - go to question 8
                  • No - keep it to yourself
                  Revise it and make sure it portrays properly what you want to portray.
                  8. Does it?
                  • Yes - go to question 9
                  • No - rewrite and try again
                  9. Is what you are going to publish adequate for the platform you are going to publish it in?
                  • Yes - publish it!
                  • No - look for another platform
                  After publishing:
                  Be on the lookout for feedback and people’s reactions, if you get the feeling there is something wrong, act out!

                  Now, you may be annoyed because you have never written about these topics and you feel there is nothing wrong with what you have done. This may be true but this doesn’t mean you are not part of a community with a problem, so you have things to do as well. The first and more important: don’t be afraid to speak up! You may be new to the community and you may be afraid to talk to the living legends in here, don’t be! We are all dorks investing our time in fictional characters and stories! We are all equals. If you see there is something wrong I encourage you to call the person out, it doesn’t have to be in public but via a PM works too. Now, if you are going to say something don’t just stop at pointing out what’s wrong, help the others see how they can improve. If you are too shy to talk to them then you can always reach me and tell me about the issue, I’ll do my best to see it resolved. Now, if calling that person out didn’t work you have to talk to other members of the community, sometimes having a lot of people talk to you about the same subject is just what others need to see their mistakes. I don’t like the next step but sometimes it’s necessary, if the person won’t help and keeps damaging the community you can always report and/or block them, sometimes you have to pull the weeds out so the garden grows healthy.

                  I know this is a long thing to read so thank you if you read it all, I hope you understand the importance of what I’m saying here and that you will help me and all your fellow forumers to enjoy the Story Games and roleplaying section.

                  If you have any problem with what I just said, wish to add something or want to ask a question, go ahead, I hope I can read you soon.

                  Love,
                  Cam Boulder

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